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"Helmuth Rilling’s reputation has been founded on his Bach recordings. No living conductor has made as many as he and few have been either as candid or as single-minded in their defence of modern instruments against the onward march of period ones. Thankfully, he has stopped short of substituting flute for recorder in Concertos Nos 2 and 4 and cello for viola da gamba in No. 6. This is Rilling’s first recording of the six Brandenburg Concertos and initial impressions are favourable. Much more thought usual has been given to clear articulation and affective phrasing, textures are lucid, standards of execution are high and, taken together, these virtues result in performances of refinement and suavity. Some movements come over
extraordinarily well – Trio II of No. 1, and the whole of No. 2 are notably successful and the solo violin playing of Kathleen Lenski in Nos 4 and 5 is praiseworthy."
-- Nicholas Anderson, BBC Music Magazine
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